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JRASC Articles Connected to the Transit of Venus

The RASC has maintained an active interest in the transits of Venus (ToV) since the founding of our Journal. This resource lists all of the JRASC papers which touch on the ToV in a significant way. Here you can trace the Society's changing response to the ToV over time, and sample the diverse approaches of authors to the science of the phenomenon and its human actors.

 

1911

A Plea for the Reflecting Telescope

G. Parry Jenkins

1913

Simon Newcomb-His Life and Work

John A. Paterson

1915

Horrox

Albert D. Watson

1916

Sir Robert Ball

John A. Paterson

1916

Sketch of the Life and Works of Rev. Jeremiah Horrox

G. Napier Clark

1919

Andrew Elvins (1823-1918)

C.A. Chant

1919

Sir David Gill - A Real Astronomer

John A. Paterson

1923

Photographing the Sky

Edward E. Barnard

1941

Recollection of Astronomy in Canada

C.A. Chant

1942

Early American Astronomers

S.A. Mitchell

1946

Review of Publications:
David Rittenhouse, Astronomer-Patriot, 1732-1796 by Edward Ford

C.A. Chant

1947

Out of Old Books:
The 1769 Transit of Venus, as Seen from Canada

Helen Sawyer Hogg

1948

The Yardstick of the Universe

J.W. Duffie

1948

Out of Old Books:
Wales's Journal of a Voyage in 1768.

Helen Sawyer Hogg

1951

Out of Old Books:
1: Le Gentil and the Transits of Venus, 1761 and 1769
2: Le Gentil and the Transits of Venus, 1761 and 1769
3: Le Gentil and the Transits of Venus, 1761 and 1769
4: Le Gentil and the Transits of Venus, 1761 and 1769
Helen Sawyer Hogg

1960

Review of Publications:
The Transits of Venus, A Study of Eighteenth-Century Science by Harry Woolf

Helen Sawyer Hogg

1977

Review of Publications:
The Whisper and the Vision: the Voyages of the Astronomers by Don Fernie

Ian Halliday

1977

An Eighteenth-Century Nova Scotia Observatory

Roy L. Bishop

1979

The Six-Inch Cooke

J.R. Heard

1979

Stephen Leacock and Mark Twain and Jonathan Swift and Sydney Gould

J.R. Heard

1979

More About the 1882 Transit of Venus

J.R. Heard

1982

The 6-Inch Cook Refracting Telescope in Toronto

Brian Beattie

1982

The Woodstock-College Observatory

Phil Mozel

1982

Two Centenaries - the Royal Society of Canada and the Last Transit of Venus - 1882

Helen Sawyer Hogg

1986

Recurrent phenomena of Venus and the Venus/earth orbital resonance

David M. F. Chapman

1993

Potter, Charles - Optician and Instrument Maker

J.A. Smith

1996

James Craig Watson (1838-1880)

R. Peter Broughton

1997

Next Transit of Venus in 2004

Michael S. F. Watson

2000

Orbital Oddities:
Conjunction Junction

Bruce McCurdy

2000

A Lamplighter Moment:
Daytime Observations of Venus at Inferior Conjuction

Lucian J. Kemble, OFM,
David M.F. Chapman

2003

Second Light:
Probing the Atmospheres of Extra-solar Planets

Leslie J. Sage

2003

Observation of the 1761 Transit of Venus from St. John's, Newfoundland

Frederick R. Smith

2004

A (Not So) Brief History of the Transits of Venus

Daniel Hudon

2004

Orbital Oddities:
1:  Splendid Sight
2:  Transit Twists
3:  Transit Turns

Bruce McCurdy

2005

Venusrise

Bruce McCurdy

2005

Book Review:
Astronomical Heritages: Astronomical Archives and Historic Transits of Venus / Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 2005 ed. by Christiaan Sterken and Hilmar W. Duerbeck

John Percy

2005

The Black-Drop Effect during the Transit of Venus on June 8, 2004

Michel Duval et al.

2006

The Woodstock College Observatory - II

Phil Mozel

2009

Handwritten Copy of a Report by William Wales and Joseph Dymond

Rita Griffin-Short

2012

Mungo Turnbull and Sir John A. Macdonald - I

R.A. Rosenfeld

2012

Transits of Venus Roy Bishop

2012

Mistranslation of Jeremiah Horrocks’s Venus in Sole Visa

Mark Edwards

2012

Mungo Turnbull and Sir John A. Macdonald - II

R.A. Rosenfeld,
Tom Luton